Hastings on Hudson UFSD

Hastings on Hudson UFSD The Hastings-on-Hudson Union Free School District, is a highly regarded NY school system with exceptional teachers and high expectations for student achievement conisisting of Hillside Elementary School, Farragut Middle School, and Hastings High School.
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12/03/2019

December 3, 2019 Announcement

Good morning Parents and Staff,

This is an important message from the Hastings School District. Due to icy conditions that developed overnight, we are on a two-hour delay today, December 3, 2019. Afterschool and evening programs will take place as scheduled.

Thank you and be safe.

Valerie Henning-Piedmonte, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

December 2:  Regular Board of Education Meeting, Lecture Room, 7:30 PM  - CANCELLED - Next BOE Meeting will take place o...
12/02/2019
Hastings-on-Hudson U.F.S.D. / Homepage

December 2: Regular Board of Education Meeting, Lecture Room, 7:30 PM - CANCELLED - Next BOE Meeting will take place on December 16 at 7:30 PM

December 2: Public Hearing Appropriating the Full Sum of Funds Held in the Repair Reserve to the Capital Reserve - CANCELLED - Rescheduled for December 16, 2019 at 7:15 PM

December 2, 2019 agenda items to be transferred to December 16, 2019 meeting.


7:15 PM - Public Hearing regarding appropriating the full sum of funds held in the Repair Reserve to the Capital Reserve Fund

7:30 PM - Board of Education meeting will open with the expected following topics on the agenda:

Construction Update

Middle School Action Plan

Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Activities

Project SHARE

PBIS Plan

Resolution to Appropriate the Full Sum of the Funds Held in the Repair Reserve to the Capital Reserve Fund

State Environmental Quality Review AMENDED NEGATIVE DECLARATION Notice of Determination of Non-Significance

Resolution calling for a Special District Meeting to authorize the expenditure of moneys for school purposes and the levy of a tax therefor

Tenure Recommendation for Terry Frank as a Social Worker in Farragut Middle School

Policy 4321.4 - Independent Educational Evaluations

Policy 9620 - Child Abuse in Educational Setting

Policy 5605 - Voter Registration for Students

HHS Feminism Club

12/02/2019

PUBLIC NOTICE

Public Hearing to Consider Appropriating the Full Sum of the Funds Held in the Repair Reserve to the Capital Reserve Fund Rescheduled from December 2, 2019 to December 16, 2019

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, due to inclement weather the public hearing originally scheduled on December 2, 2019 was canceled; as a result, Hastings-on-Hudson Union Free School District will be holding a public hearing on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7:15 pm, in the Farragut Complex Lecture Room located at 27 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York to consider appropriating the full sum of the funds held in the Repair Reserve Fund, which is $200,000.00 to the Capital Reserve Fund approved by the School District’s voters on May 17, 2011 and amended by the School District’s voters on May 15, 2018 pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law.

The Board is expected to vote on the following resolution:

RESOLUTION
Authorizing Appropriating Funds Held
in Repair Reserve to Capital Reserve Fund

WHEREAS, the funds held in the Repair Reserve of Hastings-on-Hudson Union Free School District (the “School District”) currently total Two Hundred Thousand and no/100 ($200,000.00) Dollars; and

WHEREAS, on November 22, 2019, notice of a public hearing to consider appropriating the full sum of all funds held in the Repair Reserve to the Capital Reserve Fund approved by the School District’s voters on May 17, 2011 and amended by voters on May 15, 2018 was published in The Journal News and Enterprise ; and

WHEREAS, a public hearing was held before the Board of Education of the School District (the “Board”) this evening December 16, 2019 at approximately 7:15 p.m. to consider adoption of a resolution authorizing the full sum of the funds held in the Repair Reserve to be appropriated to the Capital Reserve Fund approved by the School District’s voters on May 17, 2011 and amended by voters on May 15, 2018 pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law; and

WHEREAS, the Board has given due consideration to all comments received during the public hearing;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED, the Board authorizes appropriating the full sum of the funds held in the Repair Reserve, which is $200,000.00 to the Capital Reserve Fund approved by the School District’s voters on May 17, 2011 and amended by voters on May 15, 2018 pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent of Schools and School District Treasurer are authorized to take any and all actions necessary to effectuate the purposes of this resolution.

December 16, 2019

Jeanine Genauer, District Clerk

Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD

12/02/2019

Early Dismissal for Hastings Schools on December 2, 2019

This is an important message from the Hastings School District.

Out of an abundance of caution, we will be dismissing schools early today, December 2, 2019, due to the weather forecast for later today. The early dismissal times are as follows:

Hillside will dismiss at 10:30AM
Farragut Middle School will dismiss at 11:00 AM
Hastings High School will dismiss at 11:00 AM

All after school and evening events are canceled. Tonight’s Board of Education meeting has been moved to Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30pm. Later this morning, we will also share important information about the public hearing that was scheduled to take place tonight. In addition, in a separate email message, Hillside will provide instructions for parents who plan to pick up their children rather than have them take the bus.

Thank you and have a safe day.

12/02/2019

Hastings Schools Weather Announcement

Dear Parents and Staff,

This is an important message from the Hastings School District. We have been closely monitoring the weather forecast for tomorrow. There is a strong possibility that we will have an early dismissal tomorrow in anticipation of snowfall predicted later in the day. If this occurs, all after school and evening events are canceled. In addition, the Board of Education meeting will be moved to Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30pm, if we have an early dismissal tomorrow. We’ll provide another update tomorrow morning to confirm the decision to have an early dismissal depending upon the weather forecast.

Thank you and goodnight.

11/25/2019
11/19/2019
Reminder: Superintendent's Chat today, Wednesday, Nov. 13In an interest to meet, listen to and get to know members of th...
11/13/2019

Reminder: Superintendent's Chat today, Wednesday, Nov. 13

In an interest to meet, listen to and get to know members of the community, Superintendent Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte has created "Superintendent's Chats" which are opportunities for members of the community to meet with her to share information, ideas, suggestions or ask questions over coffee or tea and cookies.

She invites you to stop by today, Wednesday, November 13 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM to speak with her in the Farragut Complex Lecture Room.

Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you!

11/07/2019
11/07/2019
It's a spooktacular day in Hastings!
10/31/2019

It's a spooktacular day in Hastings!

10/30/2019

Hastings Boys Varsity Soccer in Section One Semi-Finals today! Game on!

Hastings is currently scheduled to play Albertus Magnus (14-4-0) in the Section One Semi-Finals today, Wednesday October 30th at 3:15pm at Springhurst Elementary School in Dobbs Ferry. Due to the condition of our grass fields we are forced to move the Section One semi-final game to our gracious quad-village neighbor. Due to the challenges of the timing of our game and the dismissal of Springhurst Elementary School, our fans are being asked not to arrive before 3:10pm. There will likely be no parking available prior to this time. The winner of this match up will go on to play the winner of the Pleasantville/Bronxville game this weekend at 12:30pm Lakeland HS in the Class B Section Championship.

Currently the NYS Sportswriters Association has Hastings ranked fourth in Class B throughout the state:
Bath 17-0-0 (Section 5)
Carle Place 10-2-1 (Section 8)
Maryvale 15-2-1 (Section 6)
Hastings 14-4-0 (Section 1)
Ichibod Crane 14-2-1 (Section 2)
Clinton 17-1-0 (Section 3)

10/22/2019
10/21/2019
10/21/2019
Don't miss an opportunity to speak with Superintendent Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte today, Tuesday, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM...
10/15/2019

Don't miss an opportunity to speak with Superintendent Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte today, Tuesday, from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the Lecture Room - ask her questions, listen to her views.

Superintendent's Chat, Tuesday, October 15

Superintendent Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte will hold her next "Superintendent's Chat" today, Tuesday, October 15 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the Lecture Room of the Farragut Complex. This is an opportunity for members of the community to meet with her to share information, ideas, suggestions or ask questions over coffee or tea and cookies.

10/11/2019
10/11/2019
10/02/2019

Join us at the Superintendent’s Chat tomorrow morning. Hillside Elementary School from 7:30-8:20am.

Teachers, Staff and Administrators Receive Enthusiastic Welcome to New School YearHastings welcomed back its teachers, a...
09/01/2019

Teachers, Staff and Administrators Receive Enthusiastic Welcome to New School Year

Hastings welcomed back its teachers, administrators and staff on Wednesday, August 28, day one of two Superintendent’s Conference Days, to kick-off the 2019-2020 school year. It began with everyone rocking and rolling to the song, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” by Fleetwood Mac, performed by the Hastings Music Teachers and student Simon Levine.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte then addressed the enthusiastic crowd in the high school auditorium saying they were an awesome group and was happy to be a part of the team. She thanked the Board of Education for the opportunity to be here in Hastings.

A number of guests welcomed the group which included . . . .

Board of Education President Doug Sundheim, who said he hoped everyone had a wonderful summer and that they were able to spend quality time with their families and friends. On behalf of the Board, he thanked those in attendance for their commitment to education, work on curriculum over the summer, and bringing learning to life and life to learning for the children of Hastings. He thanked the teachers and staff for helping students learn to be civic-minded and preparing them for a global future, one in which technology and social-emotional health and well-being will play a vital role. He stated the Board is committed to supporting the professional development of everyone in the room. And, the Board appreciates all they do - both what the public can see and what they can’t see that is done behind the scenes.

Other speakers included Board of Education Vice President Lauren Berman, who reflected on her first day as a teacher, and the inspirational words an experienced educator gave her that inspired and helped her in getting through her first year.

Co-Presidents Barron Lerner and Hillari Freireich of the Hastings Education Foundation reminded teachers and staff about the grants they dispersed last year which totaled more than $80,000. Three specific requests that were funded include a rock climbing wall at Hillside Elementary School; a speaker series focused on the issue of race at Farragut Middle School; and a new media lab and sewing machines at Hastings High School.

The PTSA’s Co-President Anne Cunningham proudly announced that they are funding the cost of buses for every grade to go on a field trip this year. They will also support, along with SEPTA, any staff that would like to get extra training that supports all learners. The SEPTA Board representative and Vice President at Farragut Middle School, Rhiannon Platt, announced that they have begun recognizing two graduating students with awards: SEPTA Future Leader Award and the SEPTA Future Teacher Award.

Next on the morning’s agenda was the introduction of 18 new teachers/staff members in the district by the Principals and Director of Special Education; and, the recognition of professionals, who have dedicated themselves to educating the children of Hastings for 25 years, with Longevity Awards: Rosanne Cirasella, Hillside Elementary School Teacher; Patricia Desouza, Hillside Elementary School Teacher’s Aide, and Christine Geller, Hastings High School Mathematics Teacher.

These remarks were followed by welcomes from district administrators, leaders, and the district’s bargaining units. At the conclusion of the morning and a special activity, Dr. Henning-Piedmonte reminded everyone after Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Melissa Szymanski, District Treasurer Maureen Caraballo, and she herself talked about their lives, that our life stories are important. They are what connect us, they are important to our humanity. She also shared a favorite quote from her high school Latin Teacher, “Timendi causa est nescire.,” which means, “Ignorance is the cause of fear.” She used this as a reminder that what we say to children matters and can stick with them for a lifetime.

Hastings Music Department Rocks!The high school auditorium was rocking and rolling as teachers, staff and administrators...
09/01/2019

Hastings Music Department Rocks!

The high school auditorium was rocking and rolling as teachers, staff and administrators rocked out on August 28. It could have been a live concert at the Garden, as five teachers and a student performed the song, “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” by Fleetwood Mac at the opening of 2019-2020 school year for teachers on Superintendent’s Conference Day.

The band included:

Katie Conchra and Chris Campbell - Vocals
John Carini - Guitar
Eric Day - Bass
Jon Riss - Keys
Simon Levine - Drums

On Thursday, August 29, Hillside Elementary School held a special orientation program for the incoming Kindergarten stud...
08/30/2019

On Thursday, August 29, Hillside Elementary School held a special orientation program for the incoming Kindergarten students. A fun time was had by all. And, thank you to our special guest, Superintendent Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte, for stopping by and joining us. Reminder, school starts Tuesday, September 3!

Three cheers to our new teachers this school year!On August 21, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction ...
08/30/2019

Three cheers to our new teachers this school year!

On August 21, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Melissa Szymanski, held an orientation for Hastings’ new professionals. Hailing from various locations and backgrounds, they all share one common vision: a love of learning and wanting children to love to learn.

Superintendent Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte summed up their importance by saying the district’s success is based on their success. And, the district, community and Board of Education stand ready to support them.

Join us in welcoming:

Hastings High School and Farragut Middle School
Desirae Ciaffone, HHS, English Language Arts
Angela Davenport-Conway, FMS, English Language Arts
Eric Day, HHS, FMS, Music
Joseph Grosso, HHS, Guidance Counselor, Head Varsity Football Coach
Lorienne Solaski, HHS, FMS, Art

Hillside Elementary School
Jaime Lynn Bragg, 1st Grade
Lisa Levine, 2nd Grade
Allison Kaufman, 2nd Grade
Marisa Barbera, 3rd Grade
Amanda Bromberg, 3rd Grade
Amanda Peisel, 4th Grade
Linda Tam, 4th Grade
Jada Dickens, RTI, Math Support
Jessica Soriano, Permanent Substitute
Gabriella Sokol, 4th Grade, ICT
Vanetta Davies, 4th Grade, ICT
Danielle Brennan, 3rd Grade, ICT
Melissa Vigada, Grades 3-5, Communications Class

08/14/2019
06/22/2019

Seniors from the Hastings Harmonies sing “The Circle Game”.

06/22/2019

Class of 2019 commencement underway ! Congratulations
Hastings HS Seniors.

Spotted by Marc Rosner on Saturday:)
06/17/2019

Spotted by Marc Rosner on Saturday:)

06/13/2019
Melissa Szymanski appointed Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Hastings-on-Hudson UFSDIt is ...
06/04/2019

Melissa Szymanski appointed Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD

It is with great pleasure that the Board of Education of the
Hastings-on-Hudson UFSD announces the appointment of Ms. Melissa Szymanski as its Assistant
Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. The appointment was made at the June 3, 2019 Board of Education Meeting.

“This is a new position in the district, and the title reflects the importance the board is placing on evolving and strengthening our K-12 curriculum. The Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction will work collaboratively with the building and teaching leadership, and the broader instructional staff to ensure that our approach to learning and instruction is research-based, current, and best supports the needs of our students in a rapidly-changing world,” said Doug Sundheim, President of the BOE.

With more than 20 years of teaching and educational leadership experience, Ms. Szymanski is a
welcome addition to the Hastings team. She is leaving her role as Principal of Concord Road Elementary School in Ardsley to further her passion of educating children to become strong, critical thinkers and passionate learners. “My work in Ardsley provided me with a strong foundation for this position by affording me meaningful experiences in designing and leading curriculum work in literacy, STEM, mathematics and technology; planning and leading professional development; developing curriculum leaders; supervising and coaching teachers; and enhancing the collection and use of formative data,” explained Szymanski.

Szymanski also expressed her excitement for the opportunity to expand upon her work to reach a broader range of students and adults as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The selection of Ms. Szymanski as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction was made with the input of Hastings new Superintendent Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte. Both educational leaders will begin their positions on July 1, 2019.

05/29/2019
The Multicultural Book Fair starts Wednesday, May 29 and continues through Friday, May 31. It is set up and waiting for ...
05/29/2019

The Multicultural Book Fair starts Wednesday, May 29 and continues through Friday, May 31. It is set up and waiting for book shoppers and browsers in the Lloyd Library.

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27 Farragut Ave
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